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PROCEEDINGS 



SECOND ANNUAL GRAND CAMP 



CONFEDERATE VETERANS 



MISSISSIPPI, 



NATCHEZ, OCTOBER 7-8, 1891. 






JACKSON, MISS.: 
The Clarion Printing Establishment 

1892. 






LIST OF CAMPS 

HOLDING MEMBERSHIP IN THE GRAND CAMP UNITED 
CONFEDERATE VETERANS OF MISSISSIPPI. 

OCTOBER 6, 1891. 



E. C. Walthall Camp, No. 1 MeriiHim 

S. J. Gholson, No 2 Ik ? 

Isham Harrison, No. 3 Columbus 

Clay County (formerly West Point), No. 4. V.'. West Point' 

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Patron s Union, No. 7 Patrons' Union Camp Ground. 

Hickory, No. 8 Hick 

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H-IZJ^ 1 " HolV, Fayettl 

Bobt. A. Smith, No. ^.V/.V. V/.V.V. .V.V ' '^SXbT 

Ben Humphries No. 13 0rystal ' Springs.' 

John M. Stone, No. 14 Tupelo 

Franklin County, No. 16 V/.V.V.V.Meadville.' 

Amite, No. 17 2^ + 

Sylvester Gwin, No. f 8 .' .' .' .' .' .' .' .' " .' ." .' .* \ \ [ [ .' ' ^rookhaTem 

Yazoo, No 19 Yazoo City. 

Claiborne County, No. 20 Port &ibson \ 

Woodville, No. 21 Woodville. 



THE MISSISSIPPI DIVISION OF THE IT. C- V. 

Of the above named Camps, the following have been, to 
date October 6, 1891, admitted into the Fellowship of the 
United Confederate Yeterans, and hold certificates of mem- 
bership therein, numbered as follows : 

E. C. Walthall^o.^25,.. ,<;,-.:. .;.... Meridian. 

Isham -Harrison ,^ &7 V ; .«" j t .\ Columbus. 

Yicksburg, No. 32 Vicksburp- 

Natohez,,No, 20,. ....,, . ...;;■.' Natch 

Hatt^sbur^Ko. ( 2| .i. . . f;0;;.vi.Vi K; V.". HaitiesburS 

J. J- Whitney, No. 22 , p tt | 

KjtMott No.28 Holly Springs. 

Eobt. A. Smith, No. 24 J Jackson 

Ben Humphreys, No, 19 Crystal Springs! 



Qoond ^r£nnual Session. 



The Grand Camp of United Confederate Yeterans of the 
State of Mississippi assembled at the City HaH in the city 
of Natchez, at three o'clock Tuesday afternoon, October 6th, 
1891, with Grand Commander John M. Stone presiding. 

After calling the Grand Camp to order, the Grand Com- 
mander delivered the following address : 

Address of Grand Commander. 

My Comrades : 

By a dispensation of Divine Providence, I find myself 
occupying the high and honorable position of Grand Com- 
mander of the Grand Camp of Confederate Yeterans of 
Mississippi. Having been elected at the last meeting of 
the Grand Camp Frst-Lieutenant Grand Commander, upon 
the death of our distinguished and beloved Grand Command- 
er, General W. S. Featberston, which sad event occurred on 
the 28th of May last, the command of the Grand Camp de- 
volved upon me, and the staff of my honored predecessor 
was continued in office. The camps of Mississippi having 
failed to elect a major-general, in conformity with article 6 
of the constitution, I was, on the 29fch of August, appointed 
by the Grand Commander, to the office of Major-General of 
the Mississippi division of United Confederate Yeterans. 
While these offices could have fallen upon no one who 
would have appreciated the honor more than I, my public 
duties have so constantly engrossed my time that I have not 
been able to bestow upon thehi .tliat attention which I other- 
wise should have done, and wBic^i/tneJr, importance demand- 
ed. But with the aid of our most loyal and efficient adju- 
tant-general. Coif. Sj'&eStf, Who.hatf done *all\t.he\ work, I trust 
that the interests, 0ft the 'Grand, .Qamp J have not suffered. 

I congratulate you, my comrades, upon the auspicious 
opening of this, the 2d annual meeting of the Grand Camp of 
Confederate Yeterans of Mississippi. Although the organi- 
zation is yet in its infancy it has grown to proportions 
which astonishes us all. For many years there have been 







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minor organizations of similar character, and looking to 
the same end and in different parts of the State j but until 
recently there was no effort to effect a State organization. 
As early as 1869 such an association existed in the north- 
eastern counties of the State, known as the Northeast Mis- 
sissippi Conferate Yeteran Association, and it has continued 
to exist, and it still exists, and numbers 750 members, and 
is to-day a component part of this Grand Camp. I trust that 
a few remarks touching the history and character of the 
Northeast Mississippi Confederate Yeteran Association will 
not be considered egotistical or out of place. 

Its origin was in the decoration of the graves of Confed- 
erate soldiers at Baldwyn, Lee county, in April, 1866. A 
monument was erected, and annually thereafter, o'n the 10th 
of May, the graves and grounds have been wreathed in 
flowers. 

The first regular organization of the Association was in 
1869, and Comrade P. M. Savery was chosen president, and 
served for nine years. Then Comrade W. H. H. Tison for 
three years ; and on the 10th of May, 1886, your humble 
speaker was elected for full term of five years, and was re- 
elected on the 10th May, 1888, for a second term. A com- 
pany of ten young ladies, calling themselves the " Little 
Confederates," with Miss Mary Savery as captain, by ex- 
hibitions of various characters, raised a'special fund to take 
care of the grounds which were donated to the Association 
by the Masonic fraternity of the town of Baldwyn. 

The membership of veterans of this Association is about 
twelve hundred; the organization of Sons of Yeterans num- 
ber over six hundred, and that of the Daughters of the Con- 
federacy has a membership of about nine hundred and fifty. 

The first decoration of the graves of Confederate dead 
in Mississippi, as far as I know, was by this Association on 
the 26th of April, 1866, and they have paid a like tribute 
to their memory each and every succeeding year. The lady 
managers and inmates of the Protestant Orphan Asylum of 
this good city became floral honorary members, by dona- 
tion of flowers, nler|e|thau* twenty years ago. Thus it will 
be seen that these\ave;t,ife , otd'ostt." organizations of this char- 
acter in the State. 

It is gratifying to: ktiow;, that fherad*?, -a marked improve- 
ment in the inter-est? taken ; by Co.nfrnt-era-te veterans every- 
where on the subject of permanent organizations for the 
preservation of the traditions of the war, and for the per- 
petuation of its seared memories, and of that fraternal af- 
fection which must live and glow and burn in the heart of 
every true Confederate soldier. I need not dwell upon the con- 



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dition and prospects of the organization in Mississippi. The 
able and comprehensive report of the Adjutant-General will 
place you in possession of all needed information on this 
subject, and I earnestly commend the suggestions and re- 
commendations of that faithful and efficient officer to the 
attentive and favorable consideration of this Grand Camp. 

We are here, fellow soldiers, more for the purpose of com- 
memorating the events of the past, than for building for the 
future. In the beginning of our struggle we were all young, 
and filled with the hopes and aspirations of youth, and 
knowing little of the stern realities of war, we prompt- 
ly responded to the roll-call of our respective States. 
When we look aroud us now, instead of the young men 
and beardless boys of 1861, who were my comrades at 
Manassas and Cold Harbor and Gettysburg, and who were 
your comrades at Shiloh and Yicksburg and Atlanta, we feel 
that we are in an entirely different presence; we recognize 
few of the same features, but behold in the same persons the 
gray-haired veterans of 1891. Yet we know they are the 
same men, and if there were among us a "doubting Thomas" 
the proof is at hand. The honorable scars worn by most of 
them place their identity beyond question. These are in- 
deed they who fought the battles of the Confederacy, and 
whose star went down in defeat but not in dishonor. You 
are here to-day as proud and honorable men. Honoring 
each other, honored by your former enemies for your 
prowess as soldiers, and honored by the civilized world for 
your patriotic devotion to the cause for which you fought, 
when impartial history shall record your deeds the bravo 
and the true everywhere will honor you. 

I pity the poor coward, if there be such, who apologizes 
for, or, the blatant braggart who boasts of what he did as a 
Confederate soldier. He who did most only did his duty to 
his country. He who did less deserves its condemnation. 
The Confederate soldier, like the Union soldier, owed his 
allegiance to his country; and like the Union soldier, he 
fought and died for a righteous cause; and the only reason 
why I am not as well satisfied with the part we took in the 
late war as I have been with that taken by our fathers in 
the revolutionary struggle, and the only reason why I am 
not as proud of the soldier of Manassas and Shiloh and Get- 
tysburg and Appomattox, as of those of Bunker Hill, Tren- 
ton, Lexington and Yorktown, is that they were not so suc- 
cessful. Then, away with the cowardly cant that pities 
and apologizes for the Southern soldier because he fought 
and fell in a cause that he "believed to be right." I assert 
to-day, as confidently as did Yancy or Toombs or Davis, in 



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1861, that it was a just and righteous cause, and that the 
Confederate soldier not only thought he was right, but that 
he was right, and he who fought and died in that cause is 
entitled to the same meed of praise, and of honor and of 
glory from his people, as is the faithful Northern soldier 
who fought and died beneath the folds of the stars and 
stripes fighting for the integrity of the Union. They suc- 
ceeded, and we were compelled to yield to the superior 
force of overwhelming numbers. The arbitrament which 
we invoked failed us, and we, in good faith accepted the re- 
sults, and are to-day as conscientiously loyal to the govern- 
ment of the United States as we were when the great lead- 
ers m the Southern armies were fighting its battles on the 
plains of Mexico. We who fought for the principles of the 
rights of the States under the constitution, are to-day as loyal 
to the Union as those who fought to maintain it. The mo- 
tives and principles of the one were as pure and patriotic as 
those of the other. I repeat, my comrades, that we are as 
loyal to the government of the United States and to the 
Union as are those who fought against us, and I would not if 
I could, by a motion of the hand, dampen the ardor of any 
man, either north or south, in his patriotic love of, and de- 
votion to the Union and Constitution of the United States as 
they are to-day ; but any Southern man who would from 
cowardice or sickly sentimentality, withhold from the faith- 
ful Confederate soldier the commendation of honorable mo- 
tives, and chivalrous bearing, as in a just and righteous 
cause, is unworthy of the name of American citizen. 

While the cause for which we fought perished, and the 
question of the right of a State to withdraw from the Union 
has been forever settled in the negative—and I pray that the 
settlement may never be disturbed— yet there is no treason 
m dwelling upon the sad memories of that defeat or in 
meeting and reiterating our eternal devotion to each other 
our undying love for the cause we lost, or in making an 
annual pilgrimage to do homage at the shrine of our bu?ied 
Confederacy. If these be treason, then we are guilty but 
m heaven's chancery we shall find our justification, our ac- 
quittal, and our reward. 

My comrades, as time passes, and age with his stealthy 
steps creeps upon us, we cannot, we must not forget our 
duties to each outher. But as the shadows of memory 
lengthen and grow dim as the evening of life approaches 
and we look back upon the hardships and toils and priva- 
tions through which we passed from 1861 to 1865, we are 
filled with wonder why we do not wish to forget the war 
and everything connected with its history. But not so. The 



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recollections thereof are dear to the heart of every true sol- 
dier, and they will be cherished as long as life lasts, or mem- 
ory holds its sway. 

Since our last annual meeting death has invaded our 
camps, and removed from us some of our most honored and 
faithful comrades. Both rank and file have been compelled 
to answer the dread summons. Among the number is our 
distinguished and beloved Grand Commander. I would not 
undei'take to do justice to that great and good man by any 
extended remarks of my own, for his merits are far above 
any eulogy within my power to frame ; but let us all unite 
in a fitting tribute to his memory. But in cherishing the 
memories of our departed comrades, let us not forget the 
gallant, patriotic private soldier. To him, more than all 
others is the honor due. You and I and all who held official 
positions in the army may have been inspired by hopes of 
personal advancement or personal fame or favor ; but love 
of duty and love of country were the private soldiers's 
only incentives. Whatever of honor or fame you or I, or 
any officer of the Confederate army, from the highest to the 
lowest acquired, was due to the indomitable courage and 
heroic deeds of the loyal, self-sacrificing private soldier 
of the Confederate army. Then let us not forget him, but 
in addition to the monuments of marble and brass that are 
builded to pierce the skies, let us preserve within our hearts 
and memories and traditions, memorials to his honor, which 
will stand forever, and which can never be tarnished by the 
touch of time. 

The roll was called of the officers of the Grand Camp, as 
follows : 

Major-General John M. Stone, Grand Commander. Pres- 
ent. 

Maj or-General J. A. Smith, Second Lieutenant-Comman- 
der. Absent. 

Capt. E. O. Sykes, Third Lieutenant-Commander. Ab- 
sent. 

Gen. J. E. Davis, Inspector-General. Absent. 

Col. K. P. Lanneau, Quartermaster-General. Present. 

Col. C. A. Rice, Surgeon- General. Absent. 

Col. Lewis Ball, Chaplain-General. Absent. 

Col. E. T Sykes, Adjutant. General. Present. 

Lieut.-Col- W. H. Hardy, Aid-de-Camp. Absent. 

Maj. Fred. J. Y, LeCand, Aid de-Camp. Present. 

The minutos of the last meeting of the Grand Camp, held 
at Meridian on October 14, 1890, were read and approved. 

Maj. John Rawle, of Natchez Camp No. 6, was appointed 
Recording Secretary. 






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On motion, all Confederate veterans, not Mississippians 
who were present, were invited to seats within the hall. 

The following Committee on Credentials was appointed 
viz: P. M. Savery, N. S. Walker, J. J. Whitney, J. L.' 
Power, Jas. W. Lambert. The Committee retired, and made 
up their report, showing that the Grand Camp was composed 
of the following Subordidate Camps, those marked with a 
* being represented. 

E. C. Walthall No. 1— Meridian. 

S. J. Grholson No. 2 — Aberdeen. 

*Isham Harris No. 3, Columbus E. T. Sykes. 

West Point No. 4— West Point. 

*Yicksburg No. 5, Yicksburg— D. A. Campbell, Joe Mag- 
a nos, E. E. Walne, Jas. King, Chris. Hingis, John R. M. 
O'Reilly, John Quackenboss, E. Williams, F. A. Myers. 

*Natcbez No. 6, Natchez— F. J. V. LeCand, Jas. W. Lam- 
bert, Simon Mayer, Jos. F. Yan Dyke, E. L. Hopkins, J. B. 
O'Brien. 

Patrons' Union No. 7— Patrons' Union Camp. 

Hickory No. 8 — Hickory. 

Hattiesburg No. 9 — Hatitiesburg. 

*J. J. Whitney No. 10, Fayette— W. Stephens, J. J. Whit- 
ney, F. H. Culley, James McClure. 

Kitt Mott, No. 11, Holly Springs. 

*Robert A. Smith No. 12, Jackson— R. J. Harding, J. L. 
Power, John McDonnell, H. Strauss, J. B. Cadwallader* 
John W. Clingan. 

*Ben Humphreys No. 12, Crystal Springs— E. M. Stack- 
house. 

^*John M. Stone No. J 4, Tupelo— John M. Stone, -P. M. 
Savery. 

.*FrankIin No. 16, Meadville,—J. L. Calcote, T. J. Scott. 

*Amite No. 12, Liberty— J. A. Robertson. 

^Sylvester Gwin No. 18, Brookhaven— J, A. Hoskins E 
M. Bee. 

Yazoo No. 19, Yazoo City— Raiford Bell, E^ R. Gayles 

Claiborne No. 20, Port Gibson— A. K. Jones, M R. Jones 
N. S. Walker, J. D. Bridges, J. G. Hastings, C. R. Nesmith' 
D. B. Turnipseed, G. W. Shalfer, R. B. Thetford, W. p! 
Cohen. 

Woodville No. 21— Woodville. 

The following Committee on Resolutions and Revision of 
Constitution was appointed : J. L. Power, P. M. Savery 
James W. Lambert, E. R. Gale and M. R. Jones. 

A telegram addressed to Col. Sykes, Adjutant-General 
was read from Col. George Moorman, of New Orleans, who 
was expected to be in attendance, dated New Iberia Octo- 



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ber 7th, saying : " Great disappointment. Detained by ac- 
cident. Great regret. Tender my regards to Confederate 
veterans." 

On motion, the telegram was ordered to be received and 
spread on the minutes, with the expression of the regret of 
this Grand Camp that he could not be present. 

The following resolution by J. L. Power and N. S. 
Walker was offered and adopted : 

Beeolved, That all ex-Federal veterans in the city of 
Natchez be invited to attend the meetings of this Grand 
Camp. 

The resolution was adopted by a rising vote, without dis- 
sent. 

Adjutant-General E. T. Sykes then read his annual re- 
port, as follows : 



ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S REPORT. 

Confederate Yeterans of Mississippi, 

Adjutant-General's Department, 
Columbus, Miss., October 6, 1891 



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To the Officers and Members of the Grand Camp of the Confederate 
Veterans of Mississippi : 

Comrades — As required by our Constitution, I submit here- 
with my report of the business of the Adjutant-Gen eraPs 
Department for the year now closing. 

The first official act of thenewly elected Grand Commander, 
W. S. Featherston, was his General Order, No. 1, under date 
of November 14, 1890, announcing on his personal staff, 
Capt. E. T. Sykes, of Columbus, Miss., Adjutant-General ; 
Capt. W. H. Hardy, of Meridian, Miss., Aid-de-Camp; Capt. 
Thos. J. Carson, of Natchez, Miss., Aid-de-Camp. 

On November 24, following, General Order, No. 2, was is- 
sued, announcing Capt. Fred. J. Y. LeCand, of Natchez Camp, 
No. 6, Aid-de-Camp, vice Thos. J. Carson, relieved at his 
own request. 

THE MEMORIAL SERVICES AND REUNION AT JACKSON. 

General Orders, Nos. 4, 6 and 7, respectively, of current 
series from these headquarters, under dales, respectively, of 
March 2, May 13, and May 18, were issued, inviting attention 
to the unveiling ceremonies at the State Capital of the com- 
pleted monument to Mississippi's dead soldiers of the late 
war, on June 3, last, and to the Annual Encampment and Re- 



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union of the United Confederate Yeterans Association at same 
place on the day previous, giving details and directions in 
reference thereto. As it is to be presumed that most of you 
were present on the occasion referred to, or if not present 
that you read published reports of the same, I shall pass to 
other matters with the gratifying statement that of the fifteen 
Camps in this Grand Department nine complied with the 
directions contained in General Order, No. 7, of May 18 
1891, and presented to the Committee of the United Confed- 
erate Yeterans their constitutions, by-laws and roll of mem- 
bers, together with the fee of two dollars, as prescribed by 
Article 5, of the Constitution of the United Confederate 
Yeterans, and were regularly and duly admitted to fellow- 
ship therein. These Camps were the— 

E. C. Walthall, JSTo. 1, to which was assigned United Con- 
federate Yeterans No. 25. 

Isham Harrison, No. 3, to which was assigned the United 
Confederate Yeterans No. 27. 

Natchez, No 6, to which was assigned the United Confed- 
erate Yeterans No. 20. 

Hattiesburg, No. 9, to which was assigned the United Con- 
federate Yeterans No. 21. 

J. J. Whitney, No. 10, to which was assigned the United 
Confederate Yeterans No. 22. 

Kitt Mott, No. 11, to which was assigned the United Con- 
federate Yeterans No. 23. 

Eobert A. Smith, No. 12, to which was assigned the United 
Confederate Yeterans No. 24. 

Ben Humphries, No. 13, to' which was assigned the United 
Confederate Yeterans No. 19. 

W. A Montgomery, No. _. to which was assigned the 
United Confederate Yeterans No. 26. 

I call attention to the fact to impress it upon you, that the 
association of Camps in the United Confederate Yeterans 
organization does not affect their State autonomy. The 
Grand Camp remains as heretofore, and the Camps associat- 
ing m the United Confederate Yeterans simply assume addi- 
tional responsibilities, with corresponding privileges It is 
a " consummation devoutly to be wished," that the remain- 
ing Camps in this Department should, as speedily as possible 
seek fellowship in the United Confederate Yeterans Associa- 
tion, which I am happy to report is rapidly growing in num- 
bers and importance. 

An important change was made in the time of meeting of 
the United Confederate Yeterans Convention. From the 
heated term of summer, when it has heretofore met it has 
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1892, at New Orleans, is the appointed time and place for its 
next assembling. 

GENERAL JOSEPH E. JOHNSTON. 

In the early part of April last, I received from Headquar- 
ters of the Grand Camp Confederate Yeterans of Yirginia, 
a communication under date of April 1, asking the co-opera- 
tion of the Confederate Camps of the country in " securing 
the observance " of the " 26th day of April at 5 o'clock p.m." 
as a memorial day and hour "in commemoration of our late 
honored and beloved Commander, Gen. Joseph B. Johnston." 
As requested, there was issued, from these Headquarters, on 
the tenth of said month General Order, No. 5, in which the 
said communication of the Yirginia Department was repub- 
lished, and asking the several Camps in this Department to 
observe the day and hour designated in doing honor to the 
memory of Gen. Johnston. By my own Camp — Isham Har- 
rison, No, 3 — the day and hour was appropriately observed. 
Pursuant to published notice the Camp marched from its 
armory to the courthouse, where had assembled a vast con- 
course of sympathizing citizens, and with music, oratory and 
song, the virtues of our departed General were recalled and 
the memories of the war made fresh and green. Suitable 
resolutions were adopted and transmitted to the family of 
the deceased, among them one in these words: 

Resolved, That the veterans of this Camp approve of and 
unite in the request of the veterans of Yirginia, that .the 
family of our deceased comrade consent to the removal of 
his remains from Maryland for interment in Yirginia, the 
State which gave him birth, and in defence of whose rights 
and honor he devoted the best energies of his life. 

new camps. 

From nine Camps at the close of the last term we have 
grown until we now number 21. 

The new Camps were admitted to membership as follows : 

J. J. Whitney, No. 10, by Special Order, No. 1, current 
series, issued November 14, 1890. 

Kitt Mott, No. 11, by Special Order, No. 2, current series, 
issued March 7, 1891. 

Robert A. Smith, No. 12, by Special Order, No. 3, current 
series, issued May 2, 1891. 

Ben Humphries, No. 13, by Special Order, No. 4, current 
series, issued May 4, 1891. 

John M. Stone, No. 14, by Special Order, No. 5, current 
series, issued May 16, 1891. 



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Franklin County, No. 16, by Special Order, No. 6, current 
series, issued September 16, 1891. 

Amite County, No 17, by Special Order, "No. 7, current 
series, issued September 17, 1891. 

Sylvester Gwin, No. 18, by Special Order, No. 7, current 
series, issued September. 17, 1891. 

Yazoo, No. 19, by Special Order, No. 8, current series, is- 
sued September 21, 1891. 

Claiborne County, No. 20, by Special Order, No. 9, current 
series, issued September 24, 1891. 

Woodville, No. 21, by Special Order, No. 10, current se- 
ries, issued October 1, 1891. 

The W. A. Montgomery, although in fellowship with the 
United Confederate Veterans, has never reported to these 
Headquarters, and for that reason has no number in this 
Grand Camp. 

THE GRAND CAMP CONSTITUTION. 

In my last report, submitted October 14th, 1890, I called 
attention to what I conceived to be defects in our Constitu- 
tion. I said that the Constitution " adopted at Aberdeen, 
Miss., on October 15th last, is sorely defective in many im- 
portant particulars ; and because of the fact that it was pub- 
lished in only the Aberdeen papers at the time, but a limited 
number of veterans have seen it or know its provisions. I 
consider it chiefly due to this want of information that so 
little interest has been thus far manifested in the organiza- 
tion. I therefore recommend the following amendments to 
the Constitution, and when amended that a suitable number 
of copies in pamphlet form be printed for distribution to 
camps, officers and other interested parties applying for 

On account of the hurry incident to a short session, the 
above recommendation was not acted upon ; and, to avoid 
similar non-action at this session, I have revised the Consti- 
tution, amending what I conceive to be the defects in the 
existing one, and placing it in entire harmony with the re- 
vised Constitution of the United Confederate Veterans 
adopted July 3d, 1890. I urgently recommend its adoption 
at this meeting, and that arrangements be made for its pub- 
lication in pamphlet form. 

Though the Constitution makes provision for a source of 
revenue to defray current expenses, there has not been a 
single niekle collected or received from any source, during 
my incumbency. The result has been that much that might 
have been done for the good of the organization had to re- 
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I also recommended the adoption of the following, as a 
standing rule of the Grand Camp, viz : 

" The Grand Commander shall appoint at each annual 
meet of the Grand Camp the following standing committees : 

1. On Address of Grand Commander — To be composed of 
three comrades. 

2. On Eeport of Adjutant-General — To be composed of 
three comrades. 

3. On Eeport of Inspector-General — To be composed of 
three comrades. 

4. On Eeport of Quartermaster-General — To be composed 
of three comrades. 

5. On Eules and Eegulations — To be composed of three 
comrades. 

6. On Eesolutions and Eevision of the Constitution — To be 
composed of five comrades. 

7. On Nomination of Grand Camp Officers and Next Place 
of Meeting — To be composed of five comrades. 

THE SONS OF VETERANS. 

As Chairman of the Committee appointed at our last meet- 
ing, I have prepared a Constitution and Eegulations for the 
organization of camps of "The Sons of Confederate Veter- 
ans," and will, at the proper time submit the same for adop- 
tion. Mature consideration satisfies me that at this time, 
and until the old veterans pass off the stage of action, there 
should be no " Grand Camp of the Sons of Veterans" as con- 
templated by the resolution of Comrade J. E. Mcintosh, but 
that the camps of the Sons of Veterans be allowed represen- 
tation in this Grand Camp upon the same basis with the 
Camp of Veterans, except that they shall not bo entitled to 
vote on any subject. 



GRAND COMMANDER W. S. EEATHERSTON. 

Learning by telegram on the morning of May 29th, last, 
of the death of our Grand Commander, W. S. Featherston, 
at 9 o'clock of the evening previous, I at once issued Circu- 
lar Order No. 1, from the Adjutant-General's Department, 
announcing the sad intelligence for the information of the 
veterans ot this Grand Division, and further, that the com- 
mand of the Grand Camp devolved on First Lieutenant 
Grand Commander, Jno. M. Stone. 

As a meeting of the United Confederate Veterans was to 
be holden at our State capital only a few days thereafter, it 
was not considered necessary to promulgate an order for 



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memorial services throughout the Department, but proper 
to await the time of said re-union, when in my official capa- 
city I. announced to that body the death of General Feather- 
ston, and introduced a series of resolutions commemorative 
of his worth and services, which resolutions were feelingly 
and eloquently spoken to by Capts. Addison Craft of Kitt 
Mott Camp, and J. F. V. LeCand, aide-de-camp on the Staff of 
the Grand Commander, and by the Eev. Br. Thomas E. Mark- 
ham, of New Orleans, the veteran chaplain of Featherston's 
brigade. The resolutions were adopted and printed with the 
minutes of United Confederate Veterans Re-union, and a 
copy ordered sent to the family of the deceased. 

THE MISSISSIPPI DIVISION OF THE UNITED CONFEDERATE VET- 
ERANS. 

The Constitution of the United Confederate Veterans 
among other things, provides that, "each State having five 
or more camps, * * * shall constitute a division, which 
shall be officered under a Major-General and a staff similar to 
that of the General." And further, that "the Major-Generals 
shall be elected by their Divisions." But "where no 
Division is formed in any State, the General shall appoint a 
Major-General," etc. 

As none of our camps held membership in the United Con- 
federate Veterans until after the last meeting of the Grand 
Camp, and not until at the Re-union in Jackson on June 3d, 
last, and as at the last-named meeting nine camps were ad- 
mitted to fellowship in the United Confederate Veterans, the 
General Commanding the United Confederate Veterans on 
the 29th of August last, had issued from his head quarters' the 
following General Order organizing the Mississippi Division 
and appointing Gov. John M. Stone Major-General of the 
same. 

Headquarters United Confederate Veterans, ) 
New Orleans, La., Aug. 29, 1891. [ 
General Orders ) 
No. 19. J 

I. The United Confederate Veteran Camps in the State of 
Mississippi having failed to electa Major-General, in con- 
formity with Art. 6 of the Constitution, the General Com- 
manding hereby announces the following appointment pend- 
ing the regular election to be held at the annual re-union at 
Natchez, Miss., on October 6th, next, to-wit : Governor Jno. 
M. Stone at present Grand Commander of the Grand Camp 
of Mississippi, as Major-General of the Division of Missis, 
sippi. BBB 



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II. Major-General J. M. Stone will immediately enter up- 
on the duties of the office and will be obeyed and respected 
accordingly. 

III. The attention of the Major-General is directed to 
Article 10 of the Constitution, and he is urged to hasten the 
formation of new Camps in his Divison. 

By order of 

J. B. GORDON, 
General Commanding. 
Geo. Moorman, 

Adju't-Gen. and Chief of Staff. 

Whereupon, on the 14th day of September last, the fol- 
lowing General Order appointing the Division Staff, was 
issued and promulgated: 

Headqr'rs Miss. Div. United Confedrate Veterans, ) 
Jackson, Miss., September 14, 1891. J 

General Orders, 1 
No. 1. J 

I. Pursuant to General Order No. 19, from Headquarters 
United Confederate Veterans, dated New Orleans, La., Au- 
gust 29th, 1891, the undersigned assumes command of the 
Mississippi Division, U. C. V. 

II. The following officers, with the rank designated, are 
announced on the staff of the Major-General Commanding, 
and will be obeyed and respected accordingly. 

E. T. Sykes, of Columbus, Miss., Adjutant-General, with 
the rank of Colonel. 

Jos. R. Davis, of Biloxi, Miss., Inspector General, with the 
rank of Colonel. 

H. P. Lanneau, of Natchez, Miss., Quarter Master Gen- 
eral, with the rank of Colonel. 

C. A. Rice, of Meridian, Miss., Surgeon General, with the 
rank of Colonel. 

Lewis Ball, Chaplain General, with the rank of Colonel. 

W. H. Hardy, of Meridian, Aid-de-Camp, with the rank 
of Lieutenant-Colonel. 

Fred J. V. LeCand, of Natchez, Miss., Aid-de-Camp, with 
the rank of Major. 

They will report by letter. 

J. M. Stone, 
Major-General Commanding. 

The revised Constitution to be submitted for adoption 
at this meeting (Art. 6, Sec. 1), makes the Grand Com 
mander of the Grand Camp, Major-General of the 
Mississippi Division of the U. C. V. This provision, by 



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conferring upon the same person both offices, will simplify 
the duties of the dual office, and prevent conflict and its 
consequent confusion, should the offices be filled by different 
persons. 

MEMBERSHIP. 

I had hoped to be able to present at this meeting a return 
showing the actual membership of each Camp in this Grand 
Jurisdiction. Paragraph 2, of General Order No. 9, from these 
headquarters, under date of August 12, last, directed that 
each Camp report to the Adjutant-General by September 
15 thereafter, a roster of its officers and a return of its mem- 
bers. 

Thus far I have received returns from only nine Camps 
as follows : ' 

Isham Harrison, No. 3, 41 members ; J. J. Whitney, No. 
10, 44 members; Robert A. Smith, No. 12, 143 members" 
Jno. M. Stone, No. 14, 750 members j Franklin County No! 
16, 32 members j Yazoo, No. 19, 61 members ; Kitt Mott' 
No. 11, 57 members ; Claiborne County, No. 20, 24 mem- 
bers ; Woodville Camp, No. 21, 43 members. 

In conclusion, I wish to impress upon all Grand Camp 
officers, as also, upon Commanders of Camps, the necessity 
of military compliance with the constitutional requirements 
of our organization. 

If each and every officer would discharge his or their duties 
as prescribed in the constitution, our organization would take 
on new life, and grow and expand until it would soon embrace 
every worthy ex-Confederate Veteran in the State; but, if the 
discouraging indifference to the requirements of our order 
which has marked our experience to date is to continue, I 
fear it will be many years before we attain the condition of a 
well ordered and disciplined organization. 

Every Grand Camp officer should conscientiously dis- 
charge his duties as prescribed in the Constitution of our 
organization, and Camp Commanders should promptly re- 
spond to official communications addressed to them, and in 
all respects comply with the requirements of orders issued 
from Grand Camp Headquarters. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

E. T. Sykes, Adjutant-General. 
The report of the Adjutant-General was on motion re- 
ferred to the Committee on Resolutions and Revision of the 
Constitution. 

Reports of special committees appointed at the last meet- 
ing then being in order, the report of the committee to de- 
vise the plan of organization of " Sons of Confederate Vet- 



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erans of Mississippi," was presented in the shape of a con- 
stitution and by-laws by Adjutant-General Sykes, and con- 
tained a kill plan for the organization of these junior asso- 
ciations. (See appendix.) 



MISSISSIPPI IN THE WAR. 

The following report, received from Col. "W. H. Hardy, 
who is unable to be present, was then read : 

To the Grnnd Camp of United Confederate Veterans, in Second 
Annual Meeting at Watches, October 6, 1891 : 

The undersigned committee was appointed at the last An- 
nual Grand Camp to ascertain and report on the following 
facts, to-wit : 

1. How many soldiers from Mississippi served in the late 
war; 

2. In what commands or companies they served ; 

3. How many were killed or died during the war and 
where buried ; 

4. How many veterans now survive ; 

5. How many are maimed, disabled, infirm and indigent. 

Tour Committee, with the time and means at their com- 
mand, find it impossible to get up the data for a report upon 
the above subjects that would be at all reliable ; nor do they 
believe it possible to do so through any committee that the 
Grand Camp may appoint. However, your Committee are 
of opinion that much valuable data might be obtained through 
the aid of subordinate Camps, and your Committee recom- 
mend that a rule or by-law be adopted requiring each subor- 
dinate Camp to send up an annual report of the soldiers that 
went from the county in which the Camp is situated, and to 
what branch of service, how many were killed, how many 
died, how many wounded or disabled, how many now sur- 
vive, etc. These reports could be annually revised as other 
information might be obtained. From these reports a pretty 
accurate statement might be ultimately made up. 

The objection to the above plan lies in the fact that it 
would entail a vast amount of labor, that few men could af- 
ford to bestow without compensation. Whilst your commit- 
tee suggest the above they are of opinion that the proper 
way to obtain the information desired is for the State to take 
the matter in hand. No higher duty is or can be imposed 
upon the State than to see that the history of the great 
struggle, so far as it affects her own sons, should be accurately 
written. To do this the material should be collected by the 
State in authentic form. Hence, the Legislature ought to 



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pass a law authorizing the appointment of a competent per- 
son upon a proper salary to collect this much-needed data, 
and have it filed in the office of the Adjutant-General of the 
State. 

Your Committee, therefore, recommend the appointment 
of a committee to draft the proper bill, and have it presented 
to the next Legislature, with such reasons therefor as the 
committee may see proper to adduce to attain the objects 
hereinbefore stated. 

Your Committee submit herewith, as a part of thk report, 
a statement made up by Comrade J. L. Power, from data in 
his possession, and though incomplete as it is, it is neverthe- 
less valuable and worthy to be filed in the Adjutant-General's 
office of this G-rand Camp. 

Eespectfully submitted, 

W. H. Hardy, Chairman. 



Jackson, Miss., June 9, 1891. 
Col W. H. Hardy, Meridian, Miss. : 

My Dear Sir — I was not aware, until the receipt of your 
letter of April 16, that I had been appointed on the Commit- 
tee named with yourself and Gen. Ferguson as members. 
The statistics desired are to include : 

1. How many soldiers served in Mississippi during the late 
war; 

2. In what command or companies they served ; 

3. How many were killed or died during the war, and 
where buried ; 

4. How many veterans now survive ; 

5. How many are disabled, infirm or indigent.. 

I regret that I am not in possession of the data, nor do I 
know how to obtain it, to prepare a report, as expected. You 
will remember that at the Encampment at Meridian, I gave 
some statistics compiled from records collected while I was 
Superintendent of Army Eecords during the last year of the 
war. 

I made a complete record of only one brigade — the Barks- 
dale-Humphries, composed of the 13th, 17th, 18th and 21st 
regiments and thirty companies of Davis' Brigade, and these 
gave the following interesting figures : 

Whole number on rolls, from beginning to 

dose 9^407 

Died of disease 1 246 

Killed or died of disease 1 344 

Total deaths 2,590 2,590 






Discharged, resigned, retired 2,037 

Transferred to other commands 513 

Transferred by promotion 239 752 

Deserted or dropped for prolonged absence.. 1,257 

Missing 25 

Total losses from all causes 6,661 

Of the 2,746 on the rolls as "present or accounted for," 
about one-fourth were under arms when Gen. Lee surren- 
dered — the remainder being absent on furlough, in prison, 
on detail, and for other causes. 

A recapitulation of the four regiments of forty companies 
in Humphries' brigade, shows the following : 

Total on rolls from beginning to close 5,615 

Died of disease 783 

Killed or died of wounds 842 

Total deaths 1,625 1,625 

Discharged, resigned, retired 1,412 

Transfers by promotion 186 

Transfers to other commands 257 443 

Deserted or dropped 568 

Missing 11 

Losses from all causes 4,059 

Of the whole number (5,615) on the rolls, 2,714 were 
natives of Mississippi; 1,917 of other Southern States; 122 
of Northern States; 400 of foreign countries; remainder 
not known ; 875 were married when enliated ; 4,740 single. 
Average age 22 years. Whole number killed and wounded 
in action, 2,750 ; captured in action, 685. 

The rolls that I have show the date of enlistment of every 
man, the battles in which he was engaged, and if absent, 
why. 

From the foregoing and other data in my possession, I 
made, in 1865, an approximate estimate of the total number, 
and losses of Mississippi troops in the war, making about 
63 regiments of all arms. 

Whole number in service 78,000 

Died of disease ... 15,500 

Killed ■•••••.. 17,500 

Discharged, resigned, retired 19,000 

Deserted or dropped 6,000 

Missing 250 



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Transfers to other commands 1,000 

Total losses from all causes 58,750 

Balance accounted for at last roll calls 19,250 

78,000 

And of this balance of 19,250, about 30 per cent, were ab- 
sent from their commands, for various causes, at the close of 
the war. 

It is but just to remark, that quite a large percent of those 
reported as deserters were not such in fact. Indeed I do 
not think that more than 750 of the entire number of volun- 
teers from Mississippi deserted to the Federal lines. Our re- 
verses for the last two years of the war, the despondency of 
many of our people at home, the speculation and extortion 
of others, the inability of the government to pay the troops 
promptly, or to furnish tbem with anything like adequate 
supplies of food or clothing, the absolute destitution of many 
families of soldiers, and, toward the last, the seeming hope- 
lessness of the struggle, all conspired to depress the sol- 
dier's heart, and caused thousands to retire from the contest 
when there was greatest need for their services. 

I have had many applications for these records. General 
Wright, of the War Deparment, has repeatedly applied for 
them but I have declined to give them up, chiefly because their 
publication in present form would do great injustice to many 
brave and true men, who, for the reasons stated/;were report- 
ed on the rolls as "deserters." Many of them I know, were 
in other commands, being cut off from their own by the 
breaking up of raiload connections. 

I have in my scrap books, the names of large numbers 
who died in Federal prisons and in Confederate hospitals, 
but I could not tell where most of them are buried, or how 
many now survive, or how many are disabled, infirm or in- 
digent. 

The State should provide for the collection of this data 
before it will be forever too late. The Legislature, in 1865, 
revived the act under which I was collecting data (indeed it 
was under an act of Congress, and a corresponding act by 
the State) and I was going ahead, when the military took 
possession of the State government, and of course I had to 
abandon all further effort. 

Col. McCardle, some years ago, was appointed for two 
years, but I am not informed what he has done. 

It would require the undivided attention of one man, en- 
thusiastic in his work, for about five years, to collect all the 
data indicated in the four paragraphs quoted from your Iet- 



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ter. I have frequently thought of appealing to all Missis- 
sippi survivors of the war to get up rolls of their old com- 
mands, giving the military history of every man, and his 
history since ; so that, when the history of Mississippi in 
the war shall be undertaken by some one competent to the 
work, much reliable data might be available. An enterpris- 
ing book publisher recently offered me a handsome sum for 
5,000 words descriptive of the part taken by Mississippi in 
the struggle ; but it is too big a thing to be squeezed into so 
small a compass, and so I declined the undertaking. 

The collection and preservation of such records is a sub- 
ject that comes most appropriately before the Camps of 
Confederate Veterans; and if they will agitate the matter, 
and go to work as individuals and collectively, much could 
be accomplished. But the trouble is, that at our occasional 
re- unions, we adopt resolutions and then go home and forget 
them. We are all too busy in the scuffle for bread, and can 
not give this matter the time it deserves. The State should 
undertake it, and some man, capable and zealous, should be 
appointed for a term of years. I make this suggestion all 
the more freely, because I would not desire such a position, 
nor could I serve in it; but I would most cheerfully co-op- 
erate in every way possible. 

Please accept this, as the best report that I can make un- 
der the circumstances. 

Yours very truly, 

J. L. Power. 

On motion, the thanks of this Grand Camp were extended 
to the Committee on Statistics for their able and interesting 
report. 

The report of the Special Committee on a Home for the 
Aged, Infirm and Indigent Soldiers, and to memorialize the 
Legislature in reference thereto, being called, Major P. M. 
Savery stated that the Committee were not ready to report, 
whereupon, on motion, the committee was granted further 
time in which to make report. 

On motion, it was ordered that the address of Grand 
Commander Stone be furnished to the city press for publica- 
tion and general dissemination, and that the papers through- 
out the State be requested to copy it. 

Maj. F. J. Y. LeCand extended an invitation to the Grand 
Camp to be present at the Opera House at 8 p.m., at which 
time a public meeting is to be held. 

The Camp then adjourned until 10 o'clock Wednesday 
morning. 



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Second Day, 



October ,7, 1891. 

After the minutes of the first day were read and approved, 
the report of the committee to gather and compile mate- 
rials for the historian, of battles, eamps, etc., of the Con- 
federate Armies, from E. H. Dial, chairman, was presented 
and read, as follows : 

Report of Speeial Committee on Confederate Historic Material. 

To Maj.-Gen'l John M. Stone, Grand Commander: 

The undersigned. Chairman of the Special Committee ap- 
pointed at the First Annual Re-Union of the Grand Camp of 
Confederate Veterans of Mississippi, in Meridian, October 14, 
1890, charged with the duty of gathering together and com- 
piling " all matters of interest pertaining to battles, camps, 
etc., of the Confederate Army for the use of historians, that 
future generations may have the facts sustained by evidence 
of living witnesses," begs leave to submit the following 
report : 

In addition to the many personal solicitations which have 
been made of veterans at various and opportune times for 
such historic material within their knowledge as is called for 
by the resolution authorizing our appointment, the Commit- 
tee on June 1st, 1891, issued an address in circular letter form 
on the subject to Confederate veterans, and had 1,000 copies 
of the same printed for distribution. A copy oftheaddress 
in its printed form was furnished to each of the newspapers 
of this State for publication, also to the ISTew Orleans, Mobile, 
Memphis and other daily papers which have a circulation :".n 
this State ; and all of these papers, so far as we have been 
able to learn, complying with the committee's request, pub- 
lished the address, and in many instances called attention to 
the subject-matter of the same by editorial notices, and in 
this way obtained a general circulation and public notice. 

Many copies of the address, in its circular form, also found 
their way into the hands of veterans on the occasion of the 
unveiling of the Confederate monument in Jackson, Miss., 
June 3d, last; and it has also had distribution on the occa- 
sions of the re-union of the local camps, while some have 
been addressed through the mails to various parties from 
time to time. 

While the responses to this circular and to the many per- 



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sonal solicitations have up to this time been fewer than we 
hoped, yet we have secured promises which we trust may 
yet materialize into interesting and valuable historic mat- 
ter. 

One of the above-mentioned circulars is hereunto attached, 
and asked to be made a part of this report. 

We beg leave to report further, that one of the members 
of our committee, Mr. Walter S. Bell, a gentleman who took 
a deep interest in this work to which he was appointed, has 
died within the last two months j and if the purpose of this 
Grand Camp should be to continue this committee, we sgu- 
gest that another gentleman be appointed to fill the vacancy 
caused by his death. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. H. Dial, 
Chairman Committee. 

Meridian, Miss., October 3, 1891. 



CONFEDERATE HISTORIC MATERIAL. 



AN ADDRESS ON THE SUBJECT TO CONFEDERATE VETERANS, AND 

TO OTHERS WHOM IT MAY CONCERN, BY THE MISSISSIPPI 

GRAND CAMP'S SPECIAL COMMITTEE. 



Meridian, Miss., June 1, 1891. 

At the First Annual Re-union of the Grand Camp of Con- 
federate Veterans of Mississippi, in Meridian, October 14, 
1890, the following resolution was passed, which explains 
itself, and in compliance therewith the undersigned were 
appointed a committee to carry into effect the purposes of 
the resolution : 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed, whose 
duty it shall be to gather together and compile all matters of 
interest pertaining to battles, camps, etc., of the Confederate 
Army, for use of historians, that future generations may 
have the facts sustained by evidence of living witnesses. 

Committee appointed : E. H. Dial, Chairman; W. S. Bell, 
James C. Jenkins. 

In our efforts to discharge that duty we adopt this means 
of requesting any and all who can aid us in the work out- 
lined above to do so by writing accounts themselves of the 
war events that came within their own experience, and to 
present the matter to others, enlist their interest, and induce 



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them also to do the same. All such material may be for- 
warded to the chairman of the above committee at Meridian, 
Miss., or to either of the other members of the committee. 

Yon, the veterans, who have seen the actual service of 
war — who have marched hungry upon the frozen ground 
fought upon the field, lain in the ditches wounded and cold' 
suffered in prisons — have each facts and incidents in your 
knowledge which posterity ought to have and know. We, 
the undersigned committee appointed to this task, most re- 
spectfully request and urge upon you to think seriously upon 
this matter and turn your hands to the duty which you owe 
to yourselves, to your children, to history, to the honor of 
your dead comrades, to the honor of the living, to your 
country. Write down your individual experience, what you 
know of the valor of your friends, of the gallant behavior 
of your company, of your regiment, of your brigade, of the 
army to which you belonged, of your officers, what you re- 
member and know of the camp fire scenes, battle incidents, 
prison life, short rations, scanty clothing, the smiles and 
tears, the joys and the sorrows, the laughing and the weep- 
ing of the Confederate soldier life. The participants in the 
war will soon all have passed away, and with them must also 
pass away these things unless you, in whose bosoms they are 
locked up, choose to leave them as a legacy to your posterity. 
You are asked to turn these, your treasures, over to us in 
whatever form you may choose, and it will be our duty to 
compile and place them away where they can be found and 
utilized by any who may come honestly searching for just 
such crude ore or just such jewels and gems as these will 
prove to be. 

The historian for the South will want them to place upon 
his pages ; the poet will want them to make bis songs out of; 
the novelist will want them to give truth to his fiction ; the 
painter will want them to dip his brushes into ; and he who 
essays to measure and compare the patriotic devotion of the 
ages, must needs have Southern heroism as exemplified in 
the conduct of the Confederate soldiers and people to place 
by the side of the heroism of other peoples, before he can 
say with truth that in height or depth, in length or breadth, 
or in degree, the people of another clime or of another 
day have furnished to the world exemplifications of devotion 
to a cause greater than that furnished by Southern manhood 
upon the field and on the march and by the Southern woman- 
hood — wifehood, motherhood and sisterhood in the home 

and around the fireside. 

Such material is being collected by other organizations for 
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Confederate Voterans of Mississippi is thus preparing to aid 
in the commendable work. Your State organization is to 
be the depository of the valuables you possess, and we again 
request you and urge you to aid us in every way in your 
power to discharge effectively the duty assigned us. 
Respectfully, 

B. H. Dial, Chr'n, 
W. S. Bell, 
Jas. C. Jenkins, 

Committee. 
The report was received with the thanks of the Grand 
Camp for the industrious efforts they had made to obtain 
the information desired, and the committee was continued 
with the name of Col. J. L. Power substituted for that of 
W. S. Bell, one of the original members, deceased, and the 
Committee was requested to*continue their services until the 
next meeting of the Grand Camp. 

Col. P. M. Savery spoke of the decease of the late Grand 
Commander, Gen. W. S. Peatherston, and of several mem- 
bers of the Camps who had crossed the " dark river," and 
moved that a Memorial Committee of five be appointed 
to prepare resolutions commemorative of the deceased mem- 
bers, which was carried, the chair appointing as said com- 
mittee (Col. Savery being excused), the following gentle- 
men, viz : E. R. Gale, E. M. Bee, A. K. Jones, P. J. Y. Le- 
Cand and J. A. Hoskins. 

On motion, the following committee was appointed on 
nominations and next place of meeting of Grand Camp : 
E. T. Sykes, R. J. Harding, P. M. Savery, Jo Maganos and 
James W. Lambert. 

Col. J. L. Power, chairman of the Committee to whom 
had been referred the report of the Adjutant-General and 
the Constitutions of the Grand Camp and of the Camps of 
Sons of Confederate Yeterans, submitted the following re- 
port : 

To the Grand Gamp of Confederate Veterans : 

Your committee, to which was referred the report oi the 
Adjutant-General, and the Constitution prepared for the gov- 
ernment of this Grand Camp, and for Camps of Sons of 
Confederate Yeterans, beg leave to report that we have duly 
considered the several documents as stated, and recom- 
mend — 

1. By inserting in the third line of Declaration the words 
"or elder brother." 

2. By inserting in the section prescribing conditions of 



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membership, in the first line the words "or younger brother." 
3. By striking out, in section relating to representation in 
Grand Camp, the words, "but none of said representatives 
shall have a vote in the Grand Camp." 

• And as thus amended, we recommended that the Constitu- 
tion and Eegulations be adopted. 

CONSTITUTION OF GRAND CAMP. 

We recommend the following amendments: 

1. Insert after the words "proof of," in the second line of 
section 2, the words, enlistment and. 

2. Add to said section the words, provided, that any camp 
may admit to honorary membership, on such terms and with 
such privileges as it may prescribe, any person, male or 
female, who performed any special or signal service to the 
Confederacy, and who were in such civil service or employ- 
ment, or who were so circumstanced, they could not enlist 
in the Confederate army. 

3. Strike out in the last line of Art. 4, section 1, the word 
"two" and insert three. 

4. Strike out, in Art. 3, section 1, the words, "first Tues- 
day in October" as the time of annual meeting of Grand 
Camp, and insert second Tuesday in July. 

5. Strike out, in section 3, same Article, the words "in case 
of epidemic or other," and insert the word for. 

6. Strike out all of section 1, Article 8. 

_ And as thus amended, we recommend that the Constitu- 
tion for the Grand Camp be adopted. 

In the admirable report of the Adjutant-General, we find 
some timely suggestions that should be adopted with empha- 
sis by the Grand Camp. 

The fact that only nine camps have forwarded the required 
roster of officers and members, and that none have forwarded 
the annual assessment heretofore prescribed, must be at- 
tributed to carelessness, rather than real indifference or want 
of interest in the organization ; but certain it is, that the 
Grand Camp cannot be maintained unless the reports of the 
several camps are promptly made, and unless the very mod- 
erate assessments are regularly paid. The publication of 
the annual proceedings, the address of Grand Commander 
reports of Adjutant-General, the Constitution and amend- 
ments from time to time should all be printed in a neat 
pamphlet form, and in such numbers as to give every Confed- 
erate veteran a copy. The cost would be trifling, and tho 
benefits would be at once visible in accessions to membership 
and in active interest in carrying out tho objects of the or- 
ganization. 



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If the Commanders, Adjutants and Secretaries of the sev- 
eral camps will display a tithe of the fidelity and zeal of our 
Adjutant- General, and will respond, as becomes true veter- 
ans, to all the orders and requisitions from that officer, and 
from the Grand Commander, success and permanence will be 
assured, and this Grand Camp will become a force that will 
be felt and respected, and that will increase in strength and 
usefulness as the years go by. 

In order to provide for the publications named, as well to 
meet the other expenses incident to the office of the Adjutant- 
General, we recommend that the several camps be requested 
to forward to the Adjutant-General within the next thirty 
days the sum of $5.00 each, which shall be in full of all dues 
and demands to date. 

We further recommend that the several standing commit- 
tees to be appointed at each session of the Grand Camp, as 
recommended by the Adjutant-General, be Article VIII of 
the Constitution. 

Eespectfully submitted, 

J. L. Power, 
P. M. Savery, 
J. W. Lambert, 
E. E. Gale, 
M. E. Jones, 

Committee. 

Without acting upon either report, the Grand Camp at 
11:10 recessed to give the Committees on Memorial Eesolu- 
tions and on Officers and next meeting place, an opportuni- 
ty to prepare their reports. 

At 12:07 the committee re-appeared and the Grand Com- 
mander at that hour callod tho Grand Camp to order. 

The Memorial Committee submitted the following report, 
which was adopted by a rising vote, viz : 



IN MEMORIAM. 

Your Memorial Committee beg leave to report that we 
are unable in the very limited time allowed since our ap- 
pointment to prepare such a report as would paj T appropri- 
ate tribute to the virtues of our beloved comrades who have 
" crossed over the river " since our last session. Indeed, 
with few exceptions, the names of those who have died 
have not been reported by the several Camps, and we there- 
fore recommend that this be hereafter a special duty on the 
part of Camps. 

The death of our Grand Commander, Gen. W. S. Feath- 



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erston, at his home in Holly Springs, in May last, was not 
only a great loss to this organization, but to the entire Com- 
monwealth. As a citizen, soldier, statesman, he made his 
impress on his day and generation that will grow deeper 
with time. His name and noble career will be a precious 
memory to all survivors of the " Lost Cause." Your com- 
mittee would recommend for adoption as the sentiment of 
this Grand Camp the very beautiful tribute submitted by our 
Adjutant-General at the annual meeting of the United Con- 
federate Veterans at the State Capital on the third of June 
last, and that the same be spread upon our records and 
on memorial pages in our printed proceedings. It is as fol- 
lows: 

As Adjutant-General of the Grand Camp of Confederate 
Veterans of Mississippi, I feel it my duty to officially com- 
municate to this reunion of Confederate Veterans the death 
at his home, in Holly Springs, Miss., on the evening of the 
28th ultimo, of Gen. Winfield Scott Feath erston, at the time 
Grand Commander of the Grand Camp of Confederate Vet- 
erans of Mississippi. 

Gen. Featherston was no ordinary man, and his worth was 
soon recognized by his countrymen. A man of superb 
physique, measuring six feet three inches in height, of splen- 
did proportions and commanding presence, he attracted the 
admiring gaze of all beholders, and impressed them with the 
idea of the successful co-ordination in man of body, mind 
and will. Born near Murfreesboro, Tenn., August 8, 1819, 
and removing in his youth, first to Georgia and then to Mis- 
sissippi, he was, at the early age of twenty-eight years, elected 
to the Federal Congress from the latter State, and served 
#with conspicuous ability two terms in that distinguished 
body. _ Voluntarily retiring from the political arena to de- 
vote his undivided time to the practice of law, he soon 
attained the front rank in his profession. The war coming 
on he was elected Colonel of the Seventeenth Mississippi 
Eegiment of Infantry, and won his spurs atLeesburg, where 
the Confederates killed and captured of the opposing army 
a greater number than the entire Confederate force engaged. 
Later, as commander of a brigade of Mississippians, he won 
fresh laurels in the ever-memorable battles around Kichmond, 
Gaines' Mill, Ellis and Frazier's Farms and Manassas, attest 
his courage and the splendid handling of his troops. 

In the summer of 1863, being transferred at his own re- 
quest to the Army of the Mississippi, under Gen. Joe John- 
ston, he was a prominent figure in all the subsequent engage- 
ments of that and the Army of Tennessee under the leader- 
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hardships and dangers, and finally surrendering with the 
army to Sherman, in North Carolina. It is conceded that 
at the battle of Baker's Creek, or Champion Hill, he res- 
cued from capture Loring's entire division. Since the war 
he has filled many public positions of trust and honor, and 
at the time of his death was the Grand Commander of the 
Grand Camp of Confederate Veterans of Mississippi. 

In life he measured up the true standard of official trust, 
and shed lustre on all his surroundings. In death his name 
is not quenched. The man, his character and achievements, 
still survive in memory and influence. He now rests from 
his labors and conflicts. And now, on behalf of the veterans 
of Mississippi, I offer the following resolutions : 

Whereas, Official notification of the death, at his home, 
in Holly Springs, Miss., at 9 p.m., on the 28th ultimo, of Gen. 
W. S. Featherston, Grand Commander of the Grand Camp 
Confederate Veterans of Mississippi, has been communicated 
to this reunion, therefore be it 

Besolved, That, recognizing, the eminent military and civic 
services of our late comrade, and recalling his devoted loy- 
alty to and sympathy for the memory of the cause we have 
organized to commemorate, and in which he bore a conspic- 
uous part — 

1. As an officer under Generals Joe Johnston and Lee in 
Virginia, and later under Generals Joe Johnston and Hood 
in the West, the United Confederate Veterans in reunion as- 
sembled, do hereby express their deep sorrow at his death, 
acknowledge their irreparable loss in being denied his con- 
tinued valuable services in a cause so near his and the hearts 
of us all, and their inexpressible regrets that the inscrutable 
decrees of an all-wise Providence have deprived them of the 
fond privilege of his courtly presence and wise counsel at 
this, a reunion to which he had so devoutly contemplated 
and looked forward to with the renewed enthusiasm of youth- 
ful vigor. 

2. That we tender to his bereaved family our sincerest 
condolence, and to the Grand Camp Confederate Veterans of 
Mississippi, our deepest sympathy. 

3. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family 
of our deceased comrade, and the papers in sympathy with 
our organization be requested to publish the same. 

Your committee have also the sad duty of noting the 
death of Comrade Walter S. Bell, of Walthall Camp No. 1. 
He was a gallant soldier, a good and useful citizen, and a 
zealous Confederate veteran. We tender our sincere sym- 
pathy to his bereaved family. 

There are doubtless others who have finished the march 



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of life, and aro now " resting under the trees " in the para- 
dise of the Grand Commander of the Universe j and we re- 
quest the several Camps to forward the names of such to 
the Adjutant-General, with such suitable data as will make 
up a proper record in the memorial pages of this session. 

E. E. Gale, 

E. M. Bee, 
A. K. Jones, 

F. D. V. LeCand, 
Jas. A. Hoskins, 

Committee. 
■ Action upon the reports of the Committee on Constitu- 
tions was taken up, and both of the constitutions, of the 
Grand Camp and Camps of Sons of Veterans, were adopted. 
After considerable discussion of the suggestion of the 
committee that a tax of five dollars be levied upon eaeh 
Camp to meet necessary expenses, some speakers wanting 
the amount placed at ten dollars, on motion of Col. Lan- 
neau, the amount was fixed at ten dollars, to be levied and 
collected from each Camp. 

A motion was made to reconsider the vote on Col. Lan- 
neau's motion, which was adopted by a vote of 18 to 13, 
and the suggestion adopted that delegates present pledge 
their Camps to give what contributions they can. The roll 
of Camps was then called, and the following Camps pledged 
the amounts set opposite their names : 

Isham Harrison Camp No. 3, $10. 
Vicksburg Camp No. 5, $10. 
Natehez Camp No. 6, $10. 
J. J. Whitney Camp No. 6, $5. 
E. A. Smith Camp No. 12, $10. 
"Ren Humphreys Camp No. 13, 
John M. Stone Camp No. 14, 
Franklin Camp No. 16, $10. 
Amite Camp No, 17, $10. 
Sylvester G-win Camp, No. 18, $10. 
Yazoo Camp No. 19, $10. 
Claiborne Camp No. 20, $5. 

Adjutant-General Sykes reported that the United Confed- 
erate Veterans, through Gen. J. B. Gordon, General Com- 
manding, had agreed to co-operate with the Southern Press 
Association in raising a fund for the erection of a monu- 
ment to Jefferson Davis, and that the 18th of June was the 
day set apart for making collections. He had not received 
any reports from the Camps in reference thereto, but Isham 
Harrison Camp, (his own), aided by the ladies, children and 



citizens generally of Columbus, had raised in Columbus 
$175.00. Col. Sykes stated that many Camps of the State 
had not become members of the Camp of United Confeder- 
ate Veterans, and urged all that were not to apply for mem- 
bership at once. Some of them are members of this Grand 
Camp, but not of the United Confederate Veterans. 

Col E. T. Sykes, for the Committee on Nominations and 
the selection of the next meeting place, submitted a report 
as fellows, which was adopted, viz : 

Grand Commander : 

Your committee appointed to make nominations of the 
elective officers of the Grand Camp, and a place of meet- 
ing for next Eeunion of the Grand Camp, beg to report as 
follows : 

For Grand Commander and Major-General of the Missis- 
sissippi Division of the United Confederate Veterans — Jno. 
M. Stone. 

For First Lieutenant-Grand Commander — Gen. Will T. 
Martin, Natchez. 

For Second Lieutenant-Grand Commander — Gen. J. A. 
Smith, Jackson. 

For Third Lieutenant-Grand Commander — Col. W. C. 
Eichards, Columbus. 

And that the place of meeting be Jackson, Miss. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

E. T. Sykes, 
E. J. Harding, 
P. M. Savery, 
J. W. Lambert, 

Committee. 

Major P. M. Savery offered the following resolutions, 
which were read and adopted : 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to draft 
a constitution for Daughters of the Confederacy, which shall 
be submitted for approval to the Grand Commander, Adju- 
tant-General, and Inspector-General of Grand Camp, and 
when thus approved, all divisions organized under its pro- 
visions shall be enrolled in order of seniority upon the rolls 
of the Grand Camp. 

Resolved, That the association of Sons of Veterans, organ- 
ized in Tupelo May 10, 1891, having adopted a constitution 
and filed the same with the Adjutant-General of the Grand 
Camp of Confederate Veterans of Mississippi, which said 
constitution has been approved by the Grand Camp, the said 
association is hereby received and ordered to be enrolled 



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by their chosen name, John M. Stone Camp No. 1, Sons of 
Veterans. 

Rosolved, That the Grand Camp solicit the formation of 
associations of the mothers, wives, widows, sisters and 
daughters of Confederate veterans, to he styled Divisions 
of the Daughters of the Confederacy, such divisions to be 
under the protectorate of the Camp of Confederate Veter- 
ans in whose jurisdiction the same may be located and en- 
rolled as honorary members of said Camp. 

On motion, Messrs. J. L. Power, M. E. Jones, and J. A. 
Hoskins were appointed a committee to draft suitable reso- 
lutions of thanks to Natchez Camp No. 6 and others to be 
read at the banquet to-night. 

A prermbie and resolution were adopted setting forth that 
D. T. Plannery, of Memphis, Tenn., G. W. McMurchy of 
Payette, James Compton, of Nashville, Tenn., and C.'k. 
Harvey, of Brookhaven, had been employed during the "late 
war under the authority of the Government of the Confed- 
erate States, and subject to the control of the Postmaster- 
General, and were thereby prevented from enlisting as sol- 
diers ; they were therefore made honorary members of the 
Grand Camp, and are made eligible to membership in anv 
local Camp that they may select, and are commended for ad- 
mission thereto. 

The resolutions to appoint a Committee on Statistics and 
on Soldiers' Home were then adopted, as follows : 

Be it Resolved, That in furtherance of the report of the 
Committee on Statistics, the Grand Commander appoint a 
committee of three, whose duty it shall be to prepare and 
submit to the Legislature at its next session, and urge its 
passage, a bill with sufficient appropriation to ascertain 
the correct number of Mississippi soldiers who served in 
the war between the States, their commands, number killed 
wounded, number surviving, number maimed, crippled and 
indigent, transfers and all other details relating to their 
service. 

Committee-^. L. Power, S. W. Ferguson, W. H. Hardy 

Whereas, the ranks of the aged, infirm and dependent 
Confederate Veterans are growing daily less, their suffer- 
ings greater, the cause for which they struggled more dear 
as its cost is augmented ; and whereas, this duty of affec- 
tion, charity and benevolence is not long ours to perform 
therefore — } 

Be it Resolved, That the Grand Commander appoint a com- 
mittee of five to prepare, and endeavor to secure the passage 
at the next session of the Legislature, of a bill to provid? a 



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Homo for Mississippi aged, infirm and dopondont Confeder- 
ate Veterans. 

Committee — Geo. Harvey, E. W. Banks, P. M. Savory, J. E. 
Mcintosh, B. L. Eussell. 

There being two Committees on Statistics, they were con- 
solidated. 

Col. Lanneau arose and said that in his mind the present 
meeting of the Camp would probably have been a failure 
but for the arduous work and efforts of the Adjutant-Gen- 
eral, Col. E. T. Sykes. He had discharged his multifarious 
duties with the greatest fidelity and conscientiousness, and 
with more zeal and earnestness than probably any other man 
would have done, and suggested that the thanks of the 
Grand Camp be tendered to Col. Sykes. Therefore be it 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Camp be and they 
are tendered to Col. E. T. Sykes, Adjutant-General U. C. V., 
for the faithful, efficient and valuable services that he has 
rendered the Grand Camp heretofore and at the present ses- 
sion. 

The resolution was adopted by a rising vote. 

Col. Sykes thanked the Grand Camp for the compliment 
paid him. 

Col. J. L. Power reported to the Grand Camp that he had 
received a letter from Chicago stating that a Confedrate sol- 
dier named Jerome Carpenter was lying in one of the public 
hospitals in that city, dying with consumption, and that his 
wife and three children were in destitute circumstances. He 
suggested that the Camp should extend relief to the unfor- 
tunate man and his family. Carpenter had been a member 
of the 18th Mississippi, and had captured the famous Neal 
Dow. If the Camp did not take steps for relief, the individual 
members should do so. He suggested that Capt. J. W. Lam- 
bert be appointed a committee of one to solicit what subscrip- 
tions he could during the day, and that a collection betaken 
up at the banquet at night for Comrade Carpenter, which 
was agreed to. 

The Camp then took a recess until 4 o'clock, p. m. 

At 4:10 p. m., the Camp re-assembled and was called to 
order by Grand Commander Stone, who announced the ap- 
pointment of the following staff officers, to-wit : " 

Col. E. T. Sykes, of Columbus, Adjutant-General. 

Colonel P. M. Savery, of Tupelo, Inspector-General. 

Colonel K. Palmer Lanneau, of Natchez, Quartermaster- 
General. 

Colonel. W. B. Barker, of Macon, Commissary-General. 

Colonel Newnan Cayce, of Pulton, Judge- Advocate-Gen- 
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Colonel B. F. Ward, of Winona, Surgeon-General. 

Colonel H. F. Sproles, of Jackson, Chaplain-General. 

Lieutenant-Colonel Fred J. V. Lecand, of Natchez, Aid- 
de-Camp. 

Major Wat W. Stone, of Jackson, Aide-de-Camp. 

No further business appearing, the minutes of the day 
were read and approved. 

Before adjourning Grand Commander Stone arose and re- 
turned his thanks to the Grand Camp for the courteous treat- 
ment that he had received at the hands of its members, and 
thanked them for the compliment that they had paid him in 
re-electing him their Grand Commander for another term. 

On motion, the Grand Camp was declared adjourned until 
the second Tuesday in July, 1892, at Jackson. 

J. M. STONE, 
Grand Commander. 

E. T, Sykes, Adjutant-General. 

John Bawle, Eeeording Secretary. 

THE BANQUET. 
[From Natchez Democrat.] 

One of the events of the assembling of the State Camp of 
the United Confederate Veterans of Mississippi in our city, 
occurred last night at the Opera House. It was the banquet 
tendered to Maj.-Gen. John M. Stone, Grand Commander, 
and the visiting delegates, by Natchez Camp, No. 6, and it 
was truly a royal spread. The matter of the cuisine had been 
entrusted to that prince of caterers, B. Salvo, and that gen- 
tleman spread himself. He furnished a feast that has never 
been excelled, and the best evidence that it pleased was found 
in the hearty manner in which it was discussed by the vet- 
erans and their guests. 

The tables, six in number, were laid in the auditorium, 
and each was prepared for fifty diners. With their snowy 
linen, shining silver and glassware, and other table orna- 
ments, they presented a most inviting appearance, and when 
the good things of life had been added to them they became 
perfectly irresistible. The arrangements were all perfect, 
and the service was the very best. 

At eight o'clock the members of the Grand Camp as- 
sembled at the city hall and marched in a body to the banquet 
hall. The arrangements were so well made that there was 
no confusion, and all were soon quietly seated at the table. 
At twenty minutes to nine o'clock Maj. Fred. J. V. LeCand, 
Commander of Camp No. 6, called the assemblage to order,' 
and Chaplain DeEossett invoked a divine blessing in elo- 






quent and fervent terms, and then the order to eharge was 
given. It is needless to say that it was obeyed, and that, too, 
with a will. For an hour or more the music made by the 
clicking of knives and forks, accompanied by the hum of 
conversation, was all that was heard, but sad havoc was be- 
ing wrought in the rations. The quantity, however, did not 
seem to diminish, for there was an abundance for all and lots 
left. 

After the discussion of the substantial, Col. Power read 
the resolutions prepared by the Committee, as follows : 

The committee on resolutions of thanks appointed by the 
Grand Camp during the day to report at the banquet at night 
through their chairman, Col. J. L. Power, offered the follow- 
ing : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Camp are due, and 
are hereby very specially tendered, to our comrades of 
Natchez Camp, No. 6, for their very cordial reception, hos- 
pitable entertainment and unceasing attentions during this 
session. 

2. That we appreciate, beyoad our ability to express, the 
innumerable personal kindnesses and courtesies extended by 
the citizens generally of this ancient, but now youthful, pro- 
gressive and prosperous city — so famed for the chivalry of 
its men and the beauty of its women. 

3. That we tender our special thanks to the young gentle- 
men composing the Natchez orchestra for the delightful 
music furnished on Tuesday night, and that their rendition 
of "The Girl I Left Me/' "Dixie," "The Bonnie Blue Flag," 
and other patriotic airs that stirred our souls and quickened 
our steps in times of war, elicited not only our applause, but 
their sweet melodies will long linger in our memories of that 
very pleasant occasion. 

4. For the sumptuous banquet to which we have just paid 
Our respects, with so much alacrity and zeal, we would make 
suitable acknowledgment were we not already too full for 
utterance, but our hospitable friends must take the will for the 
deed, our chief regret being the want of greater capacity to 
accommodate the rations provided in such unstinted abund- 
ance. 

5. That we are specially obliged to the publishers of the 
Democrat and Banner for the very full and satisfactory re- 
ports of our proceedings, prepared by their capable and 
courteous representatives, 

6. To the several railroads for the courtesy of reduced 
rates, we are also under obligations, and in return we express 



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the wish that their travel and traffic may be commensurate 
with their capable and progressive management. 

J. L. Power, 
J. A. Hoskins, 
M. R. Jones, 

Committee. 

The resolutions were unanimously and enthusiastically 
adopted, and the flow of eloquence began, and was well 
punctuated with the popping of corks and tinkling of glasses. 
Lieut. -Col. McCand was in his element, and his pleasantries 
added greatly to the joy and fun of the occasion. 

Col. K. Palmer Lanneau announced the sentiments that 
were to be responded to, and he did it in his usually happy 
manner. 

The first sentiment proposed was " The State of Missis- 
sippi," and Maj.-Gen, John M. Stone, the Governor of the 
State, was called upon to respond, which he did in eloquent 
terms. The Governor was glad that he had been called upon 
to respond to the sentiment, "Mississippi," and said if he had 
the choice of selecting a sentiment to which to respond it 
would be our State. He was not a native of Mississippi, but 
no man loved her more. He spoke in the very highest terms 
of the beauties and advantages of our State, and paid par- 
ticularly high tribute to the city of Natchez and her people, 
and asked all to join him in drinking a toast to the State of 
Mississippi. 

The next sentiment was "The Grand Camp of the United 
Confederate Yeterans of Mississippi," to which Col. B. T. 
Sykes, Adjutant-General of the Grand Camp, was requested 
to respond. Col. Sykes' response was couehed in the most 
eloquent terms. He spoke of the high aim of the U. C. T, 
contrasting it with the G. A. R., and alluded in the most 
scathing terms to the greediness with which the members of 
that organization were grabbing for pensions. His remarks 
were greeted with the most rapturous applause, showing 
that they were finding a responsive chord in every breast. 
The distinguished speaker wanted to stop talking several 
times, but the crowd would not permit him, and he was com- 
pelled to continue at considerable length, during which he 
gave a full history of the inception of the Grand Camp and 
its gradual progress to its present proportions. 

The next sentiment was taken from the Confederate mon- 
ument at Jackson, with slight alterations, and was : "Our de- 
parted Confederate comrades — they were martyrs to their 
creed. The vindication of their cause is in the holy keep- 
ing of the God of History."- It was responded to by Col. P. 
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full of pathos as he alluded to the memories of those who 
have " crossed over the river and are now resting be- 
neath the shade of the trees." It was one of the most elo- 
quent and touching addresses of the evening. We regret 
that time and space precludes a fuller report of it. 

The fourth sentiment of the evening was " The Confed- 
erate soldier — His record in War and in Peace," to which 
Col. J, L. Power, of Jackson, was called on to respond, which 
he did in most fitting and appropriate terms, paying the 
highest tribute to the heroism of the soldiers on the field of 
battle, and to his value and usefulness as a citizen in the 
private walks of civil life. 

The next sentiment — which was the last of the regular 
ones — was "The mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and sweet- 
hearts of the Contederate soldiers," and to Private Joe Ma- 
ganos fell the duty of responding to the toast. It is need- 
less to say that Private Maganos most nobly and ably per- 
formed the task. His remarks were filled with wit and 
humor, and were greeted with the most vociferous applause. 
In his response Private Joe showed that the mothers, wives, 
daughters, sisters and sweethearts of the Confederate soldier 
had a most earnest and valiant defender. 

Gen. Will T. Martin was then so earnesly called for that, 
although the hour was late, he responded and made a brief 
but forcible talk appropriate to the occasion. 

Col. Power called attention to the case of Jerome Carpen- 
ter, the ex- Confederate soldier, sick and indigent in Chicago, 
and a generous contribution was made for his relief. 

It was 12 o'clock when the last of the crowd left the hall, 
and all were delighted with the events of the evening, which 
were a fitting close to the Second Annual Re-union of the 
Grand Camp of United Confederate Yeterans of Mississippi. 






CONSTITUTION 

OF THE 



GRAND CAMP OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS 



OF MISSISSIPPI. 



ARTICLE I — NAME. 

This organization shall be known as the Grand Camp 
Confederate Veterans of Mississippi. 

ARTICLE II — OBJECTS OF THE ORGANIZATION. 

The objects and purposes of this organization shall be 
strictly social, literary, historical and benevolent; to mark 
with suitable headstones the graves of Confederate dead, 
wherever found ; to aid and assist all worthy Confederate 
Veterans who are indigent and in distress, and to encourage 
the formation of new Camps as a means thereto. 

ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP. 

Section 1. Membership in any Camp in this Grand Juris- 
diction shall consist of all soldiers and sailors who were 
commanded by a Confederate States officer, and who served 
to the surrender, or were honorably [discharged, or who were 
disabled, or in prison at the close of the war ; provided 
that any Camp may admit to honorary membership, on such 
terms and with such privileges as it may prescribe, any per- 
son, male or female, who performed any special or signal 
service to the Confederacy, and who were in such civil ser- 
vice or employment, or who were so circumstanced that 
they could not enlist in the Confederate Army. 

Sec 2. Every Camp will be expected to require of each 
applicant for membership ^satisfactory proof of enlistment 
and honorable service in the Confederate army or navy. 

ARTICLE IV — MEMBERSHIP AND REPRESENTATIVES TO GRAND 
CAMP SESSION. 

Sec 1. The Grand Camp sessions shall be composed of 
the Department Commander and his staff; the First, Sec- 
ond and third Grand Commanders; all Past Commanders of 



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the Department and Camps, all Commanders of Camps, or 
in the absence of Commanders of Camps, the senior officer 
of such Camp present ; and representatives from the several 
Camps composing the Department in the ratio of one dele- 
gate for every twenty or more members in good standing, 
and one additional for a fraction of ten members ; provided, 
that every Camp in good standing shall be entitled to at 
least three delegates. 

Sec 2. An election for.representatives to the Grand Camp 
shall take place at the regular meeting of each Camp next 
preceding the annual meeting of the Grand Camp. 

Sec 3. Every comrade in good standing will be privi- 
leged to attend the meetings of the Grand Camp, or of any 
Camp in this Department, and receive that fraternal consid- 
eration they design to foster. 

ARTIBLE V — TIME AND PLACE OP MEETING. 

Section 1. The Grand Camp shall meet annually on the 
second Tuesday in July at such place as may be selected by 
a majority of the officers and representatives present and 
voting. 

Sec 2. Special meetings may be convened by order of the 
Department Commander, or at the request of a majority of 
the Camps composing it. 

Sec 3. For satislactory cause, the Department Comman- 
der may change the time and place for meetings of the 
Grand Camp. 

ARTICLE VI OPPI0ERS AND ELECTION. 

Section 1. The officers of the Grand Camp Headquarters 
shall be as follows : A Grand Commander, with the rank 
of Major-General, and who shall be Commander of the Mis- 
sissippi Division of the United Confederate Veterans ; a 
First Lieutenant Grand Commander, a Second Lieutenant 
Grand Commander, each with the rank of Brigadier- Gen- 
eral, an Adjutant-General, who shall be Chief of Staff, an 
Inspector-General, a Quartermaster-General, a Commissary- 
General, a Judge-Advocate-General, a Chaplain, each with 
the rank of Colonel, and two Aide- de-Camps, one with the 
rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, and one with the rank of Ma. 
jor. 

Sec 2. The Grand Commaneer, the First, Second, and 
Third Lieutenant Grand Commanders shall be elected by 
the Grand Camp. All other officers shall be appointed by 
the Grand Commander, and shall constitute his staff. 

Sec 3. All members of the Grand Camp, or of any of 
the Camps composing it, shall be eligible to any office in 
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Sec. 4.^ The officers thus elected and appointed shall enter 
upon their duties upon the adjournment of the annual meet- 
ing in each year, and hold for one year, or till relieved by 
their successors. 

Sec. 5. In case of the death or resignation of the Grand 
Commander, the First, Second and Third Lieutenant Grand 
Commanders shall, in the order of their rank, fill the office 
for the remainder of term. 

ARTICLE VII — DUTIES OF OFFICERS. 

Sec 1. The Grand Commander shall preside at the meet- 
ings of the Grand Camp, decide all questions that may 
arise during intervals of Grand Camp meetings, subject to 
appeal to the Grand Camp, approve all requisitions prop- 
erly drawn on the Quartermaster-General, shall study the 
interest of the Department generally with a view to bring- 
ing about the best results in furtherance of the objects for 
which the Camps are confederated; and shall be entitled to 
present his views in person or by writing, to the Depart- 
ment. 

Sec. 2. The Adjutant-General shall keep the minutes of 
the Grand Camp, draw all orders on the Quartermaster- 
General authorized by the Grand Camp, keep a file of all 
official papers, make out each year a return of the Camps, 
and perform such other duties as may be necessary, pertain- 
ing to his office, under Department orders. 

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the Inspector-General, un- 
der the direction of the Grand Commander, to institute 
Camps, to inspect and report to the Grand Camp the condi- 
tion of Camps, and perform such other duties as may be re- 
quired by the Grand Commander. It shall be his duty to 
examine the rolls of all Camps organized and to be herein- 
after organized, and whenever it shall appear that an un- 
worthy name is borne thereon, the Inspector shall notify 
the Camp Commander, examine into the case fully and re- 
port. If the charge be sustained, after the party accused 
shall have had a fair hearing, the Grand Commander or 
Major-General of Division shall order the name stricken 
from the roll. 

Sec 4. The Quartermaster-General shall have custody of 
all funds and property of the Grand Camp, and pay all du- 
ly authorized orders drawn on him by the Adjutant-General, 
countersigned by the Grand Commander, keep a record of 
his transactions, and make annually a report to the Grand 
Commander, to be laid before the Grand Camp. 

Sec. 5. There shall be an Advisory Council, composed of 
the Commanders of Camps, which shall meet subject to the 



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call of the Commander, whenever in his judgment business 
of sufficient importance may justify its convening. They 
shall act for the Grand Camp in the interval between the 
annual sessions. 

They shall audit the accounts and examine the books of 
different officers and make report to the Grand Camp. 
Three members shall be a quorum to transact business, and 
shall be presided over by the Grand Commander when pres- 
ent. When called together a Camp Commander may be rep- 
resented by the next in rank to himself in his Camp, should 
he be unable to attend. 

Sec 6. All other officers shall perform the usual duties of 
their several offices, and such other duties as may be ordered 
by the Grand Commander. 

Sec 7. All disbursing officers must give bond in sums to 
be fixed by the Grand Camp. 

ARTICLE VIII — STANDING COMMITTEES. 

Section 1. The Grand Commander shall appoint at each 
annual meeting of the Grand Camp the following Standing 
Committees : 

1. On Address of Grand Commander, to be composed of 
three comrades. 

2. On Eeport of Adjutant-General, to be composed of 
three comrades. 

3. On Eeport of Inspector-General, to be composed of 
three comrades. 

4. On Eeport of Quartermaster-General, to be composed of 
three comrades. 

5. On Eules and Eegulations, to be composed of three 
comrades. 

6. On Eesolutions and Eevision of the Constitution, to be 
composed of five comrades. 

7. On Nomination of Grand Camp Officers and Next Place 
of Meeting, to be composed of five comrades. 

ARTICLE IX — ANNUAL REPORT AND DUES. 

Section 1. Each Camp belonging to this Grand Camp shall 
annually, in June, forward to the Adjutant-General a true and 
correct roll of its members in good standing on that date, 
and shall, at the same time forward to the Adjutant-General 
the sum of ten cents per capita for each member shown on 
such roll, and no Camp shall be permitted representation in 
a session of this Grand Camp until the said Camp shall have 
paid said annual tax and all other amounts due by it. 

ARTICLE X — GENERAL HEADQUARTERS. 

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as the place of residence of Grand Commander, or elsewhere 
at he may elect. 

ARTICLE XI — BADGE AND SEAL. 

Section 1, The badge of the Order shall be the "Regula- 
tion Pin," adopted for the United Confederate Yeterans. 

Sec. 2. The seal shall be the Coat of Arms of the Southern 
Confederacy. 

ARTICLE XII — AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION. 

Section 1. This Constitution may be amended at any an- 
nual or specially called meeting of the Grand Camp by a 
two-thirds votes of those present. 



CONSTITUTION 

OF THE 

SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS 

OF MISSISSIPPI. 



DECLARATION. 

I, , do declare upon my sacred honor that I 

have good reason to believe, and do believe, that my father, 
or grandfather, or elder brother, was in full sympathy with 
the Confederate States of America in and through the years 
1861 to 1865 inclusive; that he was in service of said Con- 
federacy, as a soldier or sailor, and that he discharged his 
full duty as such, honorably and faithfully; and I give my 
unqualified support to the Association whose object and aim 
is to perpetuate the memory of the dead, protect the living 
Confederate Veterans and their families, and preserve the 
history of the Southland free from the taint of sectionalism. 

NAME. 

1. The name of this Association shall be Camp, 

No. , Sons of Confederate Veterans of county, 

Mississippi, and shall constitute the junior division of 

Camp, No. — , Confederate Veterans of Mississippi. 

2. The object of this Association shall be strictly social, 
literary, historical and benevolent; and its labors shall be 
directed to cultivating the ties of friendship between old 
survivors of the armies and navies of the late Confederate 
States and the descendants both of the living and the dead ; 
to keep fresh the memories of Southern soldiers who gave 
their lives in defense of their country either in battle or 
other fields of service, or who have died since the war ; 
also the perpetuation of records of their deeds of heroism 
by and through the Grand and Subordinate Camps of Con- 
federate Veterans of Mississippi. 

MEMBERSHIP. 

3. None but persons, sons or grandsons, or younger broth- 
ers, of such as under the Rules and Regulations of the Grand 
Camp of Confederate Veterans, are entitled to become mem- 
bers of a Veteran Camp, and who give the within pledge of 



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honor in manner and form as set forth in section 1 above 
stated, are entitled to membership in this organization. 

4. After adoption of this Constitution all members shall 
be elected by ballot, and five nays shall be sufficient to re- 
ject. 

5. This Camp of Sons of Veterans shall be subordinate 

to Camp, No , Confederate Veterans of 

county, and shall constitute the junior division of said 
Camp. 

OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS. 

6. The elective officers of this Camp shall be as follows : 
Commander, 1st Lieutenant-Commander, 2d Lieutenant- 
Commander, 3d Lieutenant-Commander, Secretary and Treas- 
urer, who shall serve for one year from the first Monday in 
October. 

7. The appointed officers shall be as follows : An adju- 
tant, who may or may not be one of the Lieutenant-Com- 
manders, Surgeon, Chaplain, Commissary, Quartermaster, 
Ensign, or Color-Bearer and two Collor-Guards. 

8. All elections shall be by ballot, except in cases where 
but one nomination is made for an office, when, on motion, 
said vote may be taken viva voce. 

DUTIES OF OFFICERS. 

9. Commanders shall preside at all meetings of the Camp 
at all public celebrations; shall give personal supervision 
to affairs of the Camp, appoint Surgeon, Chaplain and all 
staff officers, and from time to time make such recommend- 
ations as he may deem proper. 

10. In absence of the Commander, the Lieutenant-Com- 
manders, in order of their seniority, shall discharge the du- 
ties of Commander. 

11. The Secretary shall receive membership fees, dues 
and all other monies paid to the Camp ; keep a record of 
the same and pay them over to the Treasurer, and shall at- 
tend all meetings and keep a record of the same. 

12. The Treasurer shall receive in charge all funds be- 
longing to the Camp and pay them out on warrant of Com- 
mander, countersigned by Adjutant, and he shall make re- 
port of the financial condition of the Camp at each semi- 
annual meeting. 

13. The Chaplain, Surgeon, Quartermaster, Commissary, 
Color-Sergeant and Guards shall perform such duties as 
usually devolve upon such officers. 

14. Ten members shall constitute a quorum, but a less 
number may adjourn to meet at a specified time. 

15. The several Camps of the Sons of Veterans shall be 



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entitled to representatation in the Grand Camp, in the same 
manner with the Camp of Veterans. 

BY-LAWS. 

I. Begular meetings at , Miss., 

County. 

II. Camps are at liberty to prescribe such By-laws as they 
may severally deem proper, subject only to the restriction 
that they be consistent with the foregoing Constitution and 
Regulations. 



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